Numerous studies in the U.S. and around the world are exploring the health benefits of spending time outside in nature, green spaces, and, specifically, forests. Recognising those benefits, in 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries even coined a term for it: shinrin-yoku. It means taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing, and the ministry encourages people to visit forests to relieve stress and improve health.
Research is casting light on how spending time outdoors and in forests makes us healthier:
Exposure to forests boosts our immune system.
Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood.
Green spaces in urban areas are just as important as rural forests.
Spending time in nature helps you focus.
In children, attention fatigue causes an inability to pay attention and control impulses.
Patients recover from surgery faster and better when they have a "green" view.
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